By: Eileen Burton
“Take a quick look at the world around us; the TVs are slimmer than ever before, the mobile phones have gone smarter and tablets are here to replace those big desktop computers. Everything has come under one single finger-touch of the user. Things are not done the same way now like they used to be a few decades ago.Wearable technology is growing with each passing day, increasing convenience and feasibility in every field and for every person. Times have also changed when it comes to wearable technology now. The growth of wearable technology is gaining extreme popularity after the extensive use of laptops and smartphones. Below is the list of wearable tech that will show you the positive impact it has made in the world and learn how you can take advantage of it, especially in your school:
1. Google Glass
Google glass has been recognized for changing the means of future education. Because of its cutting edge device, the process of learning for both the student and teacher is speeded up much smoother. Teachers can now capture video or photos and can share them with their students. Google glass also helps in making your very own short documentary about the subject being taught, which helps in enhancing the story telling in the classroom. It even has a wonderful feature of recording attendance by using facial recognition and even sends report cards to the parents directly that keeps the parent-teacher communication connected.” To read further please click here: http://www.teachercast.net/6-wearable-technologies-that-are-most-helpful-in-the-classroom/
“You may often be teaching a class which has students who are clearly of different levels. They may have different starting levels of English or they may learn at very different speeds – for any number of reasons.These are several strategies that a teacher can use to deal with this situation. This is the first of two articles on the topic.
Discussion and needs analysis
It is easy for students to get frustrated in a class of mixed ability. Stronger students may feel held back, weaker students may feel pressured. The teacher may feel stressed. The best solution to this is to have an open-class discussion about the classroom situation – to ensure the best for everyone it is better to acknowledge the situation and for everyone to agree how to deal with it. It is probably best to stage and structure the discussion.
Use a needs analysis to prompt the students to reflect upon their learning style, learning strategies, language needs, learning enjoyment, motivation, language strengths and weaknesses. Questions that might be included are…
- What kinds of class activities do you enjoy / benefit from?
- Which language skill do you most wish to develop?
- Do you prefer working individually or with a partner?
By: Angela Stockman
“It started my first year of teaching, and although things have improved dramatically over the last two decades, I’ve never completely overcome Sunday night stress.I deal with it far more often than I’d like to, and I know that many of my teacher friends do too. One of them just happens to be my neighbor, and when I tiptoe downstairs in the wee hours of a Monday morning to read myself back to sleep, I often notice the glow of lights in his living room too.It’s good to know I’m not alone, but I’d rather be sleeping. If you’re reading this post, I’m thinking you would be too. Perhaps these ideas will help you.
1. Devote the final hours of the week you are finishing to preparing yourself for the week ahead. Get current on your email and return all necessary calls. File the projects you’ve finished, prioritize the ones you need to tackle next, and tidy up your desk. Craft a must do list that includes your most important work projects as well as time for exercise and socialization. Add these to your list, regardless of how busy you are. At the very least, schedule time for a quick walk each day, and make plans to call or text friends during the week. Start each Sunday knowing when you’ll be able to catch up with those you care about face to face as well. Then create a may-do list. Everything else goes there.” To read further please click here: http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2015/10/six-ways-you-can-tame-sunday-night-stress.html
“Teaching is a wonderful job, and with it comes a lot of wonderful…paperwork. OK, that is definitely not the best part of the job. I want to share with you some habits that I developed to help me manage the paperwork (and my time) in the classroom.
I pretty much lived at school my first year teaching. I remember one night it was probably 8pm, and I was still back in my little portable working away, and I get a call on the school phone. “Sarah baby,” it was one of the sweet custodians, “you going home tonight?” I didn’t even realize the time and finally decided to call it a night. I had probably been at work since 6:30 am, too. And I probably brought a bag home. That’s just how it was for a while.
During my second year teaching, I began working on my Masters degree and had class several nights a week. That meant I actually had to leave school at a reasonable hour in order to get to class on time. By reasonable hour, I mean, sometimes I actually had to leave at the end of my workday. Gasp. And I was too spent after a full day of work and a full night of classes to do anything at home.
Because I had to, I developed some habits that carried over even after I finished the degree, and it helped me manage my time. And I almost never brought work home. Ok, I brought it home, but it sat in my bag and didn’t get touched until I carried the bag back to school the next day.
Here are some tips for getting work done and not living at school:”To read further please click here: http://www.morethanaworksheet.com/2015/09/15/7-habits-that-helped-me-manage-the-paperwork-in-the-classroom/
By: Alice Keeler
“I have yet to make a perfect lesson. Lesson planning is hard. There are a lot of ideas for lessons that other teachers are doing that I do not know about. Lesson planning for 2015 is different than lesson planning for 1980. When I started teaching in 1999 I did not have to think about DOK levels, having students use technology, digital citizenship, students collaborating digitally and I certainly did not have to think about which technology tools I needed to learn and incorporate into my lesson plans. I think we all could use a little advice and help, why do this alone?
#lessonUP chat is on Thursdays at 9pm Eastern. The chat will focus on an area of lesson planning. During the chat, educators are encouraged to tweet their lesson plans or a short blurb about their lesson to invite suggestions on how to upgrade the lesson. The chat is run by @eduappsandmore. More details about the chat can be found at thepaperlesstrail.com/lessonup.” To read further please click here: http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2015/10/04/upgrade-your-lesson-lessonup/
“Most teachers aren’t the most technically inclined people, but as the generations turn and the teachers of old are replaced by the teachers of new, the popularity of educating via the internet continues to soar. You see this everywhere via online university courses, online programs, online certificates, etc. It has never been easier to share information with anyone, anywhere in the world, thanks to the internet. So how do you wield this power to make a brilliant education blog?
Foundation consists of choosing your niche, setting up your domain and web hosting, then picking a theme that you will use for your blog. Without a strong foundation, whatever tall, glorified building you’re trying to create per se, will crumble.” To read further please click here: